As in years past, we had Summer teams that were also concurrently participating in Y Combinator’s accelerator program. With YC’s focus on product fit and Summer’s on validating market & value proposition validation, it’s a great combo. This year there were three teams that were involved in both programs - Airbrite, Collections, Cycle.
Yesterday was YC’s Demo Day at the Computer Science History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Below are the TechCrunch write-ups on both Airbrite & Collections (Cycle will present at the winter Demo Day session).
AIRBRITE - ECOMMERCE SOFTWARE FOR TABLETS
70% of ecommerce stores can’t go mobile because of inflexible legacy software. That’s where Airbrite comes in. It’s attacking the middle market which have the most pain and the most outdated software. The founders say 3,000 brands are spending $500,000 per year on setup and maintenance fees alone – a $3 billion market. Airbrite now has Jennifer Lopez’s stores and 15 brands in its pilot and is onboarding 30 more. And it’s designed to work with booming world of APIs. It’s already got support from SV Angel, and is looking to close a round.
COLLECTIONS.ME: A UNIVERSAL FINDER FOR THE CLOUD
Collections.me is a file manager connected to the cloud. The company says that there are more than 1 billion PCs in the world and every one comes with a file manager like Finder. Ten years ago, that was all you needed because files were housed on your computer. But now with cloud apps, those old file managers don’t cut it anymore. The “Collections” native app lives on your computer or mobile phone. The startup says it’s super fast and always available whether you’re online or offline. Launched in beta testing four weeks ago, the app has seen 8,000 downloads, and found five million documents and photos. The company has a freemium model and will charge for enterprise support and premium services. They say it could replace Finder on a Mac or the equivalent on a PC and become the one app that everyone uses to access their digital content.